I have a baby who has been weaned from her mom and has been in the pasture with 2 old ponies who have been her friends and stayed with her. She could still see her mother because she was in a back pasture. So now I brought her back to my place so her mother isn't a part of anything and she can start her journey in being completely independent and learn on her own. The problem with this is my other 3 horses who can see her don't seem to like her. I brought my 13yo gelding in the paddock with her because he is lowest in the pecking order. All started out fine. He was very nice and patient. He was showing her to back off and where she belonged. Then he got a little annoyed with his new little shadow and started getting rough in his signals to her. I was in the pen with them so I could step in if needed. Well like a light switch was flipped he started chasing her and poor little girl just ran away as fast as she could. I stepped in and made him back off but he was still focused on the chase. I stopped him again. At that point
I decided I'd try my other 8yo gelding who acts like life is all about fun and games instead. He started out not caring if she was there or not. Then he started interacting with her nibbling and just checking each other out. That went on a few minutes and then he started chasing her too. So I stopped him and he stood with me wanting rubbed on and the baby came up and he acted fine with her. Maybe he was on his best behavior because he knew I'd get on to him. I took him out of the paddock too. I didn't feel like it was a good idea unsupervised. So my question is how do you introduce a 6 month old to everyone without her getting ran into the ground or eaten up? I have a 10yo mare in my pasture that lately has been meaner than a rattlesnake and I do not want her with this baby because she is having issues lately. What should I do?